MK Dons are out of the Checkatrade Trophy after a 4-0 defeat at home to the Chelsea U21 side.
Chelsea went in front through a strike from Michy Batshuayi, with the £33million Belgian international sweeping the ball home. Batshuayi then got a second in the final minutes of the first half, before a speculative effort from Callum Hudson-Odoi crept under Wieger Sietsma for 3-0.
The visitors then struck a fourth just after the half-time interval through Charly Musonda, and it meant the home side are out of the tournament in the first knockout round.
After Saturday saw the Dons achieve progress in the FA Cup, Robbie Neilson’s side looked to achieve progress in a second knockout competition. To this end, the Dons named a strong line-up featuring 7 of the starting 11 from the win over Maidstone.
Chelsea turned up with a strong line-up including players that have represented the Londoners at Premier League level. The visitors had the first major chances, with Charly Musonda denied by Sietsma and Hudson-Odoi seeing a drive drift narrowly wide.
MK Dons had begun to come into the contest, with Robbie Muirhead meeting a Gboly Ariyibi cross but firing wide before Ryan Seager had a shot blocked. But Chelsea struck first, as a surging run from Batshuayi opened up space for the striker, before he hit a low shot into the bottom corner.
Seager headed over with the Dons’ best chance to level as he headed over. The home side had some pressure, but two goals late in the half saw Chelsea build up a bigger lead.
The first came as the visitors broke from an MK Dons corner, and the ball was worked out for Kenedy, with the Brazilian’s cross yielding a tap-in for Batshuayi.
Chelsea then grabbed a third in the final moments of the first half. A speculative hit from Hudson-Odoi looked to be covered by the Dons’ goalkeeper Sietsma, but the ball crept beneath the home keeper and into the goal.
The visitors then had another 12 minutes into the second period, as Batshuayi played in Musonda, who hit a low shot into the back of the net.
In the latter stages, the Dons did create a handful of opportunities. Ed Upson and Peter Pawlett saw efforts go wide, while a stronger chance came for Brandon Thomas-Asante, who saw a drive tipped wide by the Chelsea goalkeeper Eduardo Carvalho.
But there were no more goals in the tie, as the Dons’ hopes of reaching Wembley in the trophy were ended. The home side also ended the game a man light as winger Aidan Nesbitt left the field after all 3 subs had been made with an injury sustained following a collision just inside his own half.
MK Dons: Sietsma – Williams, Wootton, Walsh, Golbourne – McGrandles (Upson 64), Nesbitt – Ariyibi (Pawlett 64), Thomas-Asante, Muirhead – Seager (Nombe 50)
Subs not used: Nicholls, Aneke, Agard, Kasumu
Booked: McGrandles, Nesbitt, Nombe, Williams, Upson
Chelsea: Carvalho – James, Ampadu, Clarke-Salter – Sterling, Scott (Christie-Davies 82), Chalobah (Sammut 72), Kenedy – Musonda, Hudson-Odoi (Hazard 72) – Batshuayi
Subs not used: Bulka, Christie-Davies, Grant, Maddox, Taylor-Crossdale
Goal: Batshuayi (23, 42), Hudson-Odoi (45), Musonda (57)